The Sandspur Thread Brought Back Old Memories...
Of my long-ago Florida childhood. West Palm Beach wasn't completely built-out like it is today. In those days there were numerous empty lots in most neighborhoods, totally infested with sandspurs. All of us kids went barefoot when we weren't in school. Of course, when we walked anywhere, we always took every shortcut we could find. Many of these shortcuts were across these vacant sandspur-infested lots.
Every kid for miles around knew that if you dashed across these "minefields" at top speed, you wouldn't pick up any sandspurs in your feet. It sounds ridiculous, but it worked every time.
Why? I have no idea! But it did. Every time!
There wasn't even any pain where sandspurs stuck and were then knocked off your racing feet.
It was as if they never stuck in the first place!
How can this even be?!
I once e-mailed the TV show, Mythbusters, and suggested they look into this subject. They didn't, and I never heard back from them. Maybe they figured this was even too weird for THEM.
Have any of you even heard of this "running through the sandspurs" trick, or am I stuck in a Twilight Zone episode?